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Southland dismantler appreciates 'Cash for Clunkers'

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote Thursday afternoon on whether to pour another $2 billion into the federal Cash for Clunkers program. The popular incentive lets car buyers trade in old gas guzzlers for rebates of up to $4,500 on new, more fuel-efficient vehicles.

Mary Miles is the Ontario office manager for the Pick-A-Part auto dismantling company. She says the program has boosted the entire auto industry.

Mary Miles: "It has helped the consumer who wasn’t able to get a vehicle and can now afford to get a vehicle to the dealer who is now able to sell some cars, to the dismantler is now able to have, you know, a good quality of car come in that they can part out to their customers."

Miles says Pick-A-Part’s Monrovia location has already taken in over a hundred clunkers and has begun to “part them out” – or re-sell their parts. The federal program requires dealers to destroy the clunkers’ engines, but the rest of the parts are fair game.